Over the past few months, we have been covering the basics: elements, modes, planets, houses, signs and aspects.
Today, we were finally able to put it all together and check the transits. We are leading up to 2010 predictive charts.
The key point today was Pluto. We began by listing the location of Pluto in each of our charts, and then comparing them objectively.
Pluto in the Sixth changed from Sag to Cap (6th cusp in Sag): the native suddenly had a new way of experiencing work. Two new co-workers embodied the Sag vs Cap energies. We laughed when we identified this.
Pluto in the Third changed from Sag to Cap (3rd cusp in Sag): the native is applying wisdom to her self-awareness (T-Pluto conjunct N-Uranus). Studying Astrology very hard too.
Pluto in the Ninth changed from Sag to Cap (9th cusp in Sag): the native is having to change belief systems to accommodate more than self (T-Pluto inconjunct N-Sun).
Now that the students are able to understand the basic energies represented by each component of astrology, they are now able to place this understanding in time.
Covering the transits of Pluto from each person's birth was a great way to help realise the energy of Pluto. Using the ephemeris with the accurate natal charts helped place the exact times of important events, and provided a context for each person's development with this energy.
Next class we will check the outer planets for 2010 transits of our natal charts.
Today we developed identification of key words for Saturn transits.
Traditionally, and in mundane astrology, Saturn is so often given extremely negative delineations, such as death, depression and misery.
I find this kind of reading dissatisfactory and counter-productive. I chose to focus on whatever benefits can be had from any experience.
To this end, Saturn energy relates to what is real, and if transits are read this way, the native's attitude to the aspect of reality being presented through the transit can be understood.
This means, attitudes to particular issues can be identified. Once we can identify our own attitudes, we are more able to take responsibility for our selves.
In today's class, we focussed exclusively on all Saturn aspects occurring next year.
The first step, we printed out the natal charts and wrote the locations (degree of sign) and when (the month) of Saturn's transit.
The next step, we wrote a list of each aspect Saturn makes and when to natal planets:
T-Sat conjunct Ur/square Mer (Jan + Jul)
Lastly, we all gave our one-word description of the aspect (adjective + noun):
Uranus in this chart is in the tenth house, so we know these changes and new awarenesses are all related to work, the place in society and how we operate in the world.
Saturn also traditionally indicates an older male, a teacher or father-figure. Traditionally, it was a male's duty to perform these kinds of functions, but as society is changing gender roles, the essential energy of Saturn: the nature of reality.
Teachers provide guidance on the actual way to achieve a specific goal, and this takes place regardless of gender. Fathers were expected to provide for the family, such as the money to keep food on the table and a roof overhead. Male and female perform both perform this role now.
Finally, I believe the tradition of Saturn indicating doom and gloom was due to the people's attitudes to reality. Believing in an ideal or a dream is necessary for many, and with the cold, hard facts of reality, are the source of much pain when they fall apart.
Saturn represents the drive to actualize our dreams and ideals. If we are unable to focus on what is real, and cling to that which is not, we are left with reality: no dreams and nothing to show for it. Humility with our own dreams and ideals is necessary to move into what is real.